Progress towards full windows support for ROS continues. Here are the install instructions and an official announcement. This achievement really shows how open source software can empower developers to support legacy products like Windows. Congrats to Daniel and everyone else who has contributed on getting things like roscore running, your efforts are appreciated.
At the summer school / hackathon there will be two iCub robots on hand for researchers to work with, along with informal talks and hands-on lab sessions. Participants should be competent in programming in C/C++ and able to work as part of a team.
The school will run from July 18th to the 28th, and you need to apply by May 11th, 2011.
Registration is 1300 euros and includes the school, food and shared accommodations.
The official call for participants can be found here.
ROS integration should continue to improve through the OpenRAVE Planning stack which provides support for many of the standard planning and manipulation services. Inside the stack is a package orrosplanning which "contains cool planning bindings".
Things have been a little disorganized recently, so this months thing helps organize your wire. Just print the parts out and use a 5/8" wood rod or EMT tubing to provide a convenient storage system. Requires seven #8 x 0.25" screws.
Version 1.0 of the OctoMap library has now been released and is available for download. The OctoMap team has not only released a new stable version of their octree based mapping library, but they have also documented it. OctoMap should also now compile for those of you working on OSX.
For those of you who are using ROS, there is a new release of the octomap_mapping stack with Debian packages on the way for cturtle, diamondback, and unstable. The octomap_ros package in the new version should help improve ROS & PCL integration.
OctoMap will be very useful if you are trying to figure out what to do with the data coming in from the Kinect on your robot.
It is time to start thinking about upgrading your robot, ROS Diamondback has just been released! In the coming weeks at I Heart Robotics we will be working through updating some of our older tutorials and packages.
The SK-70 Kotelyzer Soldering Iron with Case is an amazing butane powered soldering iron with push button ignition that can operate for 2-4 hours on a single charge unlike battery powered irons. It is equivalent in performance to a 20-80W electric soldering iron with a maximum tip temperature of 500°C. If you have ever found yourself sitting in a field trying to fix a robot's blown power supply then you need this tool. It comes with a 1mm diameter needle tip and a hot air tip for field service of surface mount components and activation of heat shrink.
It comes with a heavy duty steel case to protect the iron from being damaged during transportation. If you are interested, the case itself is also available separately.
Inside the case is an adjustable stand, solder sponge and tip storage area.
The 3 position adjustable stand provides convenient storage of the iron while it is hot.
The TWM-08 adjustable wrench has super slim 2mm thick jaws that provide an ideal solution for tightening the nut on BNC or coaxial connectors. The short length also makes it useful for tightening thin nuts in confined spaces.
Some great news for those of you who haven't had a chance to upgrade to *BSD or GNU/Linux.
While not yet complete ROS is now one step closer to working on Windows using the Minimal GNU compiler toolchain thanks to the work of Daniel Stonier and Yujin Robot.
If you are a windows user and have experience using MinGW or cross compiling there is a tutorial showing how to use Qt with ROS on windows up for people interested in testing and improving ROS support for Windows.
Patrick Goebel of PI Robot has put together an excellent tutorial on doing 3D head tracking with ROS. In Part 1 he covers configuring TFs, setting up the URDF model and configuration of Dynamixel AX-12+ servos for controlling the pan and tilt of a Kinect.